We can’t even pinpoint how far back black women have been rocking bantu knots, or Zulu knots as some call them.
Yet somehow the style has been appropriated by the mainstream several times within the past few years. No surprise there since that’s usually the case with hairstyles that have history within African culture. But still, we can’t help but shake our heads. Who could forget when Mane Addicts posted a tutorial on the style calling them “mini buns” and labeled them a new trend after Marc Jacobs featured the style on his white models in his show last year. Say what now?
Most recently, People Magazine got called out for their tweet on Blac Chyna sporting the style “reminiscent of Björk in the 90s.” Sigh. The above meme pretty much sums up how we all feel about that one.
In the midst of all this appropriation, black women are rocking the style in public even more these days, though in recent years, naturals typically employed a ‘bantu knot out’ to separate, lengthen, and enhance curls.
Here’s a look at a few women rocking a fresh take on the traditional style.
Angolan designer Rose Palhares chose bantu knots as her style of choice for her Spring/Summer 2016 collection. How much do you love the heart shaped cornrows in the back?
This IG beauty added two braids on the side to compliment her knots at the crown of her head.
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Braiding metal cuffs offer a cool 90s vibe.
Rapper Dej Loaf stunned in these jumbo bantu knots at her “Coming To America” themed party.
Her jeweled headpiece set the look off even more!
A little color is always a good move.
Triangular and diamond shaped parting for bantu knots is always a win.
We love the youthful and playful look this style gives most women. Ladies, keep rocking those bantu knots with style.